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Jaden Smith launches a pop-up food truck for the homeless in Los Angeles | REVOLT

Heart of gold...Jaden Smith launches a pop-up food truck, I Love You Restaurant, for the homeless in Los Angeles

Hampton alum, father create 'I AM 400' banner honoring 400 years of African American achievement - Daily Press

The banner is a collection of 69 painted portraits of notable figures and trailblazers from the African American community both have painted over the years.

GRANDMASTER FLASH BECOMES FIRST DJ TO WIN “NOBEL PRIZE FOR MUSIC” - True Skool Network

Grandmaster Flash has become the first DJ to win the Polar Music Prize, often dubbed the Nobel Prize For Music .

Chicago Defender newspaper moves to digital-only format | New York Amsterdam News

After 114 years of using ink on paper to deliver news that informs, educates and empowers the African American community throughout the Windy City, Real Times Media, parent company of the Chicago Defender, has announced that the Chicago Defender will move to a digital-only format

Ebony, Jet fire remainder of staff, may close its doors for good | New York Amsterdam News

It’s official, Ebony Magazine—along with its sister publication Jet Magazine—has potentially closed its doors for good.

Philando Castile’s Mother Continues His Legacy 3 Years After Killing | News One

Saturday marked three years since the world witnessed the infamous video of Philando Castile bleeding and taking his last breaths after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota.

At 94, Cicely Tyson Graces the Cover of TIME’s Second-Annual Optimists – BOTWC

There's Black girl magic on front of and behind the cover of TIME magazine's 2019 Optimists issue. The cover features the legendary Cicely Tyson and was guest-edited by visionary filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Damon Wayans Jr. catches heat for calling July 4 'racist ancestors day' - theGrio

On the Fourth of July, Damon Wayans Jr. took to Twitter to say, “Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day.”

U.S. dream pulls African migrants in record numbers across Latin America - Reuters

Marilyne Tatang, 23, crossed nine borders in two months to reach Mexico from the West African nation of Cameroon, fleeing political violence after police torched her house, she said.

Race And Self-Protection In America: RJ Young's Memoir On Black Gun Ownership | WBUR News

African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.”

Why have suicides among Black youths skyrocketed? | phillytrib.com

In a sunlit room, an African-American mother talks about the moment she learned her then-9-year-old son tried to kill himself.

How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue | JSTOR Daily

On the 55th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, U.S. courts are still divided about African Americans’ right to wear their natural hair in the workplace.

Alphonso David appointed first African-American president of the Human Rights Campaign | New York Amsterdam News

The Human Rights Campaign has named lawyer Alphonso David as president of the LGBTQ civil rights organization

Meet the First Black Man Appointed as VP of Diversity and Inclusion for an NBA Team - Black Enterprise

Maurice A. Stinnett, Ph.d. currently serves as the first black male Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the NBA with BSE Global, which develops, operates, and manages the NBA Brooklyn Nets.

Study: Harassment up for African-American women as general rates decline | HR Dive

Although overall reported sexual harassment complaints are down, African-American women have experienced an increased risk of sexual harassment.

State lawmakers move to identify, preserve forgotten African-American burial sites

Two state senators introduced legislation to seek out forgotten cemeteries, citing a Tampa Bay Times investigation.

Eight Top Dallas African American Leaders Make History - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

For the first time in Dallas history, eight top posts are all held by African Americans at the same time. Observers say qualifications and not race are the deciding factor in Dallas.

DC and Pittsburgh kids get black history lesson during their baseball weekend - SFGate

Nekhi Gilbert, 12, clapped and shouted from the home team dugout at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The competitors were ahead, but Nekhi and his teammates were not about to give up.

Why Brianna Mason is excited to be first African American crowned Miss Tennessee

Brianna Mason spent the last four years working to reach her goal of becoming the first African American crowned Miss Tennessee.

'Do The Right Thing' still has something to say - KOAM

In 1989, the warnings were dire. The Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing," critics and columnists said, would provoke violence and disrupt race relations.

A Dallas Bus Tour Highlights Black-owned Businesses to Feed Your Stomach and Soul - D Magazine

Deah Berry Mitchell and Dalila Thomas are combining black history with local eats.

Supreme Court Says Gerrymandering Fix up to Voters, Not Judges | The National Interest

What comes next? In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has ruled that partisan gerrymandering is not unconstitutional.

2019 Hall of Game Celebrates MLB’s Overlooked Black Superstars | The Shadow League

These Black Knights were perennial MLB All-Stars and among the best at their respective positions.

The Storied History of the Black Press: ‘The Pillars of Black America’s Struggle for Justice’ | New York Amsterdam News

Since the founding of the Black Press 192 years ago, African American-owned newspapers have served their communities in ways that no other publications have.

Google Offers Job to Black Artist Who Created Viral Juneteenth Doodle

Google is known for their Google Doodles highlighting major current events, and when the search giant failed to make one for Juneteenth, artist Davian Chester stepped in and sketched an image that quickly went viral on social media.